Sermons by Graham Criddle

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Civic responsibility

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Paul calls on followers to Jesus to be subject to those in power, to contribute to their work, to honour and respect them. Sometimes – when we see how they behave and what they do – that can be difficult to accept and live up to. So how will you respond to Paul’s challenge to […]

The suffering servant

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A servant who would suffer, who would sacrifice himself, who would die – not for himself but for God’s people so that they could be restored. And a servant who having come through that would be restored to life by God and given a place of authority and power. That is the story told by […]

Transformed sacrifices, not conformed copies

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Paul challenges us to recognise all the great things God has done for us; to offer ourselves completely to him; to live our lives in worship to him; to not allow ourselves to follow what society expects of us but to be transformed by God’s power working in us. What would that mean to you […]

God is … spirit

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In the middle of a debate with a woman he met at a well, Jesus speaks about God being spirit and the importance of worshipping his “in spirit and truth”. Jesus is saying that everything has changed – questions about where to worship God which were so important at the time are now meaningless. What […]

Role and status of the king

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A royal coronation where the king is spoken of as sitting at God’s right hand, of defeating his enemies, of living as a priest forever. Words full of hope, of promise, of security. And words that point us to Jesus as the ultimate king and the priest who offered himself and now represents us to […]

Promise of a son, a kingdom

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God promised King David that he would have a son and that he would rule, his kingdom would last, forever. David’s son, Solomon, did become king – but he and his successors turned away from God and the kingdom was lost. But in Jesus, God’s kingdom will never end, it will last forever, Jesus will […]

God is … love

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God is described as being “love” – and acting towards us out of love. Actions that included sending his Son to die for us, living in us, making us more like Jesus. And because love comes from God, we can’t really love – as we were intended to love – without knowing God, believing in […]

God is … light

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God is described as being “light” – not just in the sense that He is the source of light (although that is true) but in a moral sense as well. He is totally good and opposed to everything that is evil and sinful. And his people are called to live as “children of light” (John […]

Go and make disciples, baptising and teaching

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Jesus explains that two aspects of disciple-making are baptism and teaching people to be obedient to his commands. One speaks about drawing people into a living, transforming relationship with him, the other talks about an ongoing, life-long change to the way we live. What can you do in both of these areas – in introducing […]

Go and make disciples of all nations

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Our text for the year calls on us to “make disciples of all nations”. For some people that means travelling abroad to act as missionaries, for many of us it needs to change how we engage with people at home, in our communities, in our workplaces, online. In what way can you be obedient to […]